Purpose of the Family

What’s the purpose of the family? Sociologists generally view the purpose of the family as procreation and socialization. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Robin S. Smith, says the socializing purpose of the family in today’s society “is to provide a safe and nurturing space in which its members can know that feeling of ‘home’ … […]

Two Minute Training

For Christians, the Great Priority is to pass the stories along to our children about God’s fame, power, and the marvellous things He’s done. God should not be hidden from our children. We must teach them about Him so the next generation, and all the generations to come, will know and love Him (Psalm 78:1-8). […]

Heart, Head, Hands

Helping children connect with Jesus and His Story takes more than programs, a good curriculum, special events, or keeping children engaged with good things. If children are going to develop strong links with Jesus, they need hearts inclined to Him, a thirst to know Him, and a desire to live for Him. Hearts inclined to […]

Aim Higher

I should have walked out or cried out, but I stayed where I was and stewed with frustration. The cause of my agitation was the content of a plenary message at a children’s ministry conference. The thesis was that children, in and of themselves, are the raison d’être for children’s ministry. It was gruelling. Jesus […]

Tell the Children!

Who does God call on to tell children about Jesus? All of us! This may come as a surprise, but God expects all Christians to be involved in children’s ministry. If we’re part of the family of God, then all of us must connect children with Jesus and His Story. None of us are exempt! […]

Theology of Children’s Ministry

When I started out doing child evangelism meetings I was mainly concerned with program design, event themes, how to dramatize stories, how to capture children’s attention, suitable songs, object lessons, making it fun, prizes and competitions, crafts and games, and getting children saved. A theology of children’s ministry wasn’t even a consideration. That was until […]

Children Anywhere and Everywhere

Children’s ministry is usually equated with something that’s mainly done by the local church. But that’s a limited perspective. The context for children’s ministry is children anywhere and everywhere. It can occur at kitchen tables, schools, sports fields, concerts, clubs, community playgrounds, hospitals, parks, the beach, the street, at birthday parties, or in virtually any […]

Online Children’s Ministry

COVID-19 has kiboshed in-person children’s ministry. But this isn’t a tragedy, it’s an opportunity. Online children’s ministry enables us to equip parents in their role as primary disciple-makers, and engage families in new ways with the services and activities of the local church. Online children’s ministry is here to stay. Digital communications and connectivity will […]

Encourage Your Children

COVID-19 is having a negative effect on children and adults worldwide. Changes to our regular routines, living situations, time spent with friends and family, access to medical treatment, engagement in physical activities, what we’re eating, and the use of technology, are profoundly influencing our emotional and intellectual wellbeing. For children in particular, new protocols in […]

Orientating Our Parenting

What do you really want for your children? Popular author and motivational speaker Wayne Dyer in What Do You Really Want for Your Children says, “Parents want their children to value themselves, to be self-reliant and independent, to take risks, to be free from stress and anxiety, to live peaceful lives, to celebrate present moments, […]